By Leah Greenblatt
May 12, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Oracle


For those who love Black Sabbath more than Santa Claus, and would trade their firstborn for a lock of James Hetfield’s hair, multiplatinum metal proselytizers Godsmack seem like a gimme. Except that almost everything about them comes off like a cheap, store-brand version of the genre’s best: old Pantera riffs, turgid Alice in Chains imagery, sub-Metallica howls. The Oracle is not terrible, just thoroughly second-rate. C?

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